The Smiths

The Smiths

When The Smiths were fronted by a 1960s era female popstar -

"Morrissey and Marr having the strong desire to be recognized professionally as great songwriters not unlike Burt Bacharach and Hal David who wrote Shaw’s first hit, began writing her letters asking if she would cover their song I Don’t Owe You Anything, which they had written and composed in the hopes that Shaw would agree to perform it.

Shaw was initially reluctant to accept the offer being averse to the controversy surrounding The Smith’s track Reel Around the Fountain.

Despite this, Morrissey and Marr persisted in trying to recruit Shaw to perform their music, and Shaw was eventually won over by Morrissey’s praise of her in the press by the intervention of Rough Trade label founder Geoff Travis."
I don't think this got a mention yet. I am not involved in this at all but went round last weekend and found it suprisingly good ! 2 more weeks to go, hurry up.

L’exposition THE SMITHS COVERS EXHIBITION répond à une motivation : celle de faire découvrir ou (re)découvrir un groupe singulier qui a marqué la pop des années 80 dans le monde entier. Elle a pour objectifs de démontrer le virage musical effectué dans les années 80 grâce à un groupe hors du commun et de faire un point sur l’esthétique de l’image du groupe à travers la présentation de ses pochettes de disques. Illustrées par des images bichromies, elles font référence à des sujets typiques de la culture populaire britannique des années 60. L’exposition est née d’une envie de partage avec les fans très nombreux et les mélomanes. Elle a la volonté de présenter et...
A brief advert/discussion by various celebs who pick their favourite track on the reissue via The Smiths Official:

Press release:

Manchester map pays homage to the streets of The Smiths

On first inspection it looks like a regular map of Stretford. But look closer to see how streets are named after Smiths songs.

There’s The Queen is Dead Road, Cemetry Gates Street and Paint a Vulgar Picture Avenue.

Regular street names have been changed to the legendary band’s song-titles in this stunning work by artist Youngerman.

Called “Back to the Old House” it features all 73 Smiths songs, names of band members and iconic locations or themes relevant to the group such as Gladioli Avenue and Wilde Street.

But Smiths fans will have to be quick to get their hands on the extremely limited edition work - only 150 have been produced.

Youngerman said: “Back to the Old House fills the real streets around 384 King’s Road, Stretford with the songs and band members of The Smiths.

“The letter M - for Morrissey and Marr - marks the exact spot where their incredible song-writing union came together.

Some advertising showing up in L.A. - a selection of song titles.



Also, poster advertising limited print posted by @grlafra1d / Instagram:

Official Albums Chart Top 100
27 October 2017 - 02 November 2017

#10 The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

UPDATE Oct. 28:

Famous when dead adds:

#2 in the Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40
A very kind person has sent me this and suggested I should share it with the Solo community.
I am more than happy to oblige, so here it is...

Be warned, this sounds very different to the final version included on TQID, so much so that I doubted it was the same song until somebody 'helped me'. ;)

4 minutes and 40 seconds of mad rockabilly/psychobilly brilliance.


PS: Only Never Had No One Ever (take 1 / instrumental) to surface now. Anyone? :D

Related item:
The Queen Is Dead re-issue review by Simon Reynolds (10/10) - Pitchfork

Newly reissued as a boxed set, the Smiths’ 1986 masterpiece still stands as an enduring testament to England in the ’80s, the complex relationship between performer and fan, and the ecstasy of emptiness.